Three months ago, I wrote about how I joined Instagram. It was a way for me to keep myself accountable to improving my art. At that point, I had less than 1,000 followers. Getting to that milestone took a few months.
Yesterday, I hit 20,000 followers on Instagram. Honestly, it's pretty wild. 20,000 people like the art that I create enough to follow me to see more. It's very motivating for me to hear that I inspire others.
Here are just some random thoughts.
My art has improved
I've been drawing for about six months now. When I scroll back through my feed, I can clearly see how much I've improved.
Even just the amount of time it takes me to finish a piece has dropped pretty dramatically. My first post took me about ten hours to finish.
I'm planning to do a redraw of that post to have a side by side comparison of how my drawing has evolved.
I'm very excited to see where I'll be in another six months.
Character design is tough
I designed my first character for this common challenge on Instagram called a "draw this in your style challenge". I'm completely self taught so maybe that's why I felt so lost. Something about it being your own OC (original character) feels a lot more meaningful.
I spent a lot of time thinking about who my character was. What world she lived in, what's special about her, what her personality's like. I ended up writing out some of these details.
Eventually, Aura was born. I ended up changing her hair colour but, overall, I'm quite proud of how she turned out.
Over 300 people have done their own versions of Aura. It blows my mind. Seeing other people draw a character you created is very special.
One of the most common questions I get is about how I grew as fast as I have.
Often, it's beginner artists that can go a long way in improving their art. Unfortunately, it seems that they're worrying more about increasing their follower count than actually making good art.
I didn't do anything special or play any mind games to grow my following. I focused on my art and posted consistently. That's all. I'm hoping to spread that message more to help these artists forget about the numbers.